A/N: Okay, so it's been a few months…okay, all summer…don't kill me! Sorry it took so long, really, but I had writers block and I've been (surprisingly) busy this summer. Anyway, below are my replies to some anonymous reviews. If I missed you, thanks for reviewing too and gomen!
*this chapter has been edited, as promised in chapter one
Shippo231- I'm glad you think so! As for another chapter, I hope you enjoy this and let me know what you think.
:)- Thanks! I agree with the description part. When I reread this story sometimes, I cringe. Oh well, this was my first one so I am just hoping it improved as I went on. Maybe I should lock you in a room with Oro just to have you kill him for me…^_^
angel123- That's too bad. It's good that you think I am a good writer though, because I was aiming to better my writing skills through Fanfiction. I hope you like the epilogue more, and if you don't mind, maybe you could tell me what you thought was predictable? Thanks!
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Flo- Hey, thanks a lot! It's okay if you haven't read all the manga yet, because this story was written so that it wouldn't be dependant on manga. I'm not very patient either, and I really need to work on that…anyway, don't worry about the grammar, I almost couldn't tell! It's cool to know that people from Europe are reading this story!
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Sakura's thoughts / Inner Sakura
Three Years Later
Sasuke paced back and forth in his room frowning at the small object in his hand. Outside darkness was falling and people were going to bed in Konoha. Sasuke glanced out the window in apprehension. He's late. Sasuke's attention was once again drawn to the object in his hand, and his eyes narrowed. Someone knocked on his door, making him jump and clench his fist. Damn! Why the hell am I so nervous? This is no big deal. He walked slowly and deliberately towards the door. Sasuke opened it and glared at the boy in front of him.
"Hey Sasuke! So what's the big deal, asking me to come over at such a weird time? I just got back from a mission and I wanted to see Hinata."
Sasuke rolled his eyes. "You're late."
Naruto scowled. "Whatever. Are you really going to demand I come to your house and then not bother to let me in?" Sasuke opened the door wider and Naruto walked in and sat down on the couch in the living room. Sasuke followed him and sat down on the chair facing Naruto.
"So what's up? And what the hell are you holding?" Naruto was looking at Sasuke's hand, which he had forgotten he was clenching so tightly. His knuckles were turning white. He loosened his grip a little and looked sternly at Naruto, ignoring his last question. "I need your help."
Naruto looked like he was about to crack up, but restrained himself. "You need my help? That's a new one. With what?" Sasuke swallowed nervously and opened his hand to show Naruto. Naruto leaned forward and squinted a little. "Sasuke…is that a ring?" A pause. "You know I don't swing that way, right?" Sasuke rolled his eyes. "It's not for you, stupid! It's for…Sakura."
Comprehension dawned. "Holy shit! You're going to propose to Sakura-chan?!"
Sasuke sighed. Really, that should have been obvious ever since I showed you the ring. "Yes, Naruto. So like I said…I need your help." (Of all people to be asking for this kind of help.) Naruto leaned back in his chair and watched Sasuke with a calculating look on his face. "Well…I could tell you how I proposed to Hinata-chan."
Sasuke sighed impatiently. "Naruto, you probably just walked up to her one day and asked her."
"I'll have you know that I didn't just ask her randomly! I took her to Ichiraku's and…"
"That's enough of that story," Sasuke interrupted. "I think I already know what you were going to say anyway," he muttered. Naruto shrugged. "Your loss."
"Whatever. Are you going to help me or not?"
"Why don't you ask Shikamaru? He's the genius."
"Come'on Shikamaru! He's not asking for you to do it; he just needs a plan."
Shikamaru looked from Naruto to Sasuke, and focused on Sasuke warily. "I thought you were supposed to be a prodigy, and you can't even figure out how to propose?"
Sasuke glowered at Shikamaru and Shikamaru cringed, regretting the statement.
"Fine. Let me think about it. I'll tell you when I have an idea. Anything else you have to say? It's," he glanced at his watch, "past eleven o'clock."
Sasuke nodded. "I want to do it tomorrow…it's our anniversary."
"You remember stuff like that?!"
Sasuke ignored Naruto and Shikamaru nodded. "Fine…I'll give you a plan tomorrow then. By the way, does Sakura like dogs?" Sasuke paused in response to the random question and then nodded. "She used to have one."
"Okay. Talk to you later."
Sasuke was pacing again. Shikamaru hadn't responded yet and it was already six o'clock. Sasuke glanced at his watch. I'm meeting Sakura in an hour! What's taking him so long? He glanced outside for a sign of the pineapple haired boy and sighed angrily when he didn't see anyone. He looked away from the window and put his hand in his pocket, checking for the billionth time that the ring would be there. That's it. I'm going over to Shikamaru if he won't come here. Sasuke walked to the door and was turning the knob when the phone rang. He hesitated, and then went to answer it.
"Okay, so here's the plan…"
Sakura had to admit, she was kinda nervous about seeing Sasuke tonight. He had been acting a bit tense lately and she figured it had something to do with their anniversary date tonight. Not only that, it was their ANIVERSARY! That was a big deal in general. Sakura couldn't believe they'd actually been dating for three whole years. She ran the brush through her hair again and studied her reflection. What am I doing? This is ridiculous; I have to go! Dropping the brush, Sakura grabbed her shoes, pulled them on, and hurried out the door. She walked quickly to the park where he told her to meet him and wondered why he picked it. The park was pretty much empty. I mean, who goes to the park after dusk? Sakura scanned the area for Sasuke and spotted him walking towards her. She smiled and waved. Sasuke did a half wave back, moving considerably slower than she was. Is it just me, or does he look anxious? Who am I kidding? Sasuke doesn't get scared of anything!
Sakura enveloped him in a hug. "I missed you Sasuke!"
"Hn." Sasuke was still learning how to talk and hug other people, thus, his response to her warm greeting was to mumble something incoherent and wrap his arms around her slightly to form a loose hug. Sakura sighed into his chest and pulled away. "Sasuke, what have I said about complete sentences?"
Sasuke smirked and shrugged lightly. "Sorry."
Sakura's eye twitched. Was that sarcasm? Damn him. He took this opportunity to grasp her hand; Sakura blinked. "Come on, we don't have all night," he said smirking.
Or do we? came the wicked response of Inner Sakura. Oh no, I thought I got rid of you!
You can't get rid of me! Inner Sakura replied indignantly. Like Hell I can't. Go away!
Whilst Sakura raged this internal battle Sasuke looked at her funny. "Sakura…are you okay? You look annoyed."
Sakura snapped out of her trance and looked at Sasuke. "Wha…oh! No, no, I'm fine. Sorry, I was just thinking. Heh heh..." Sasuke nodded dubiously. "Whatever." He tugged on her hand and she followed him apprehensively. I wonder where he's taking me… Okay, so far, so good. I really hope this plan works. Sasuke led her to a Sakura tree with a (completely inconspicuous) blanket lying over something. He bent over slightly and pulled the blanket away, revealing a picnic basket.
"Sasuke, did you make food for us?!" He nodded faintly and laid the blanket under the basket and opened it up. "Sit." She sat down next to him and gaped at the food. It actually looked good. So this was why he picked the park. But more importantly, since when could Sasuke COOK? (a question that may never be answered)
After they ate they took a walk around Konoha and just talked. Yes. Sasuke talked. And since Sasuke doesn't talk much, Sakura enjoyed having these conversations with him. They didn't happen often, so when they did they were always welcome. Somehow the two of them ended up near Sasuke's house and he seemed to get a little quieter. Sakura was just wondering why when he spoke up again.
"Sakura, I got something for you. Do you want to drop by my house and pick it up?"
Sakura stared at him. Sasuke never bought her anything. Well, he did, but not presents. Not very often at least, because he just wasn't that type of guy. Sakura blushed and looked away. "Sure, why not. We're close anyway." Sasuke nodded and seemed to loosen up a little.
Sasuke slid the key into the lock, opened, and held the door for Sakura. She smiled and walked in with him right in her wake. She glanced around and turned back to him. "So where is this surprise present you got me, Sasuke-kun?"
Sasuke blushed. Yeah, that's a weird thought huh? "Well, Sakura-chan, I think it's in my room."
Now it was Sakura's turn to blush. She certainly hadn't been expecting that. She recovered quickly and smiled. "Lead the way." He walked ahead of her and stopped just outside the door. It was shut, she noticed, which was a little odd, but not weird enough for her to think any further on it. He turned to her, "You ready?" For what, exactly? She nodded. Sasuke opened the door and immediately a puppy came bounding out of the room and into her arms. Sakura took a moment to register what had just happened, before squealing in delight. Sasuke cringed.
"Oh, it's soooo KAWAII! Sasuke, I love it!" She played with the puppy animatedly for about 30 seconds before she noticed it had a collar on. "Sasuke, does it have a name or is this collar just a decora—,"but she stopped in mid-sentence. Her hands found something shiny attached to the collar. The ring. "Sasuke…what's this?"
She looked up at him questioningly, but realization was creeping into her face and she looked from the ring to him several times to confirm her suspicions. The puppy was still thrashing in her arms playfully but she paid it no heed. "Sasuke…" She looked up into his face again, and a smile slowly spread across her features. "Are you…?"
He nodded hesitantly. Sakura put the puppy back on the floor, but not before removing the ring from the collar. She stood up to face him. "Sasuke…" But before she could even say anything, Sasuke cut her off. "Sakura, I know that I've not really been…amiable…in the past and a bit of a,"
"Pain in the ass?"
His face was contorted in frustration. "Well, yes. But what I'm trying to say is…ugh…Sakura…?"
"Will you…" He sighed. Why was this so damn hard? "Will you marry me?"
Sakura beamed at him. He didn't think he'd ever seen anyone so happy. Ever.
Ohmygod, ohmygod, ohmygod…Sasuke Uchiha just asked me to marry him! Marry him! Okay, I have to calm down and not act like a complete fangirl. Okay. Calm…one thing first. Sakura regained her posture and smiled at Sasuke again. Sasuke swallowed nervously; she'd been quiet for a long time. It seemed like time had stopped.
"Sasuke…you're not kidding are you? You're serious?" Sasuke blinked. "Well, yeah….I mean, if you don't want to…" Sakura grabbed his arm and interrupted. "Of course I do! Are you joking?" She froze, realizing her sudden outburst and caught her breath. "I mean, yes, I'll marry you Sasuke."
Sasuke raised his eyebrows in surprise. "You will?"
"Sasuke…jeez, yes. I will." There was a bit of an awkward silence quickly proceeded by the puppy biting Sasuke's pants and yanking playfully. Sasuke jumped in surprise. "What the? Stupid dog."
Sakura laughed and kneeled down to pick up the pup. "You can't call it stupid if you bought it, Sasuke."
"Can too. I bought it for you, not me," he replied grumpily. Sakura grinned. "Oh, but if you bought it for me, then you'll have to live with it anyway." Sasuke opened his mouth, and then closed it with a dumbstruck look on his face. "You know," she continued obliviously, "for a prodigy such as yourself, I'm shocked you didn't think of that."
"Hmph." Sasuke watched Sakura play with the puppy and noticed the ring still in her hands. He took it and slid it onto her finger with her staring at him the whole time.
"Kyoui, for the dog's name. I like it."
"Miracle?" Why not? She nodded and smiled. Silence ensued.
"So…," she trailed off.
Sakura petted the puppy for a few more seconds before stepping towards Sasuke. She leaned forward to kiss him when the puppy reached up and licked Sasuke in the face. He closed his eyes in irritation and Sakura erupted in laughter. "Sorry Sasuke! I didn't think he'd…," subdued laughter, "he'd do that." Sasuke wiped his face and glared at the puppy. "Sasuke?"
"How about we do some wedding planning?"
The wedding reception was, needless to say, interesting. There were cherry blossoms everywhere, and the Uchiha fan was predominant among the napkins and decorations. They were outside by a lake, and the countless tables surrounded a cleared space for dancing. The alter was on the docks, overlooking the water. The color scheme chosen seemed to be dark blue and pink. Anyone surprised?
Naruto and Hinata were dancing together with a few feet of clearance between them and anyone else…Naruto's not exactly the greatest dancer in the world. He was more of a danger than anything. Neji and Tenten were also dancing, but less obtrusively, off to the side. They seemed to be talking about something; Tenten was blushing like mad. Somehow Ino managed to get Shikamaru to dance and he, amazingly, wasn't that bad.
The dance clearance was filled with people dancing, and even more people at tables and standing around talking. It seemed as though all of Konoha was there to witness the amazing revival of the Uchiha clan. Even Gaara was there!
Tsunade, herself, pronounced Sasuke and Sakura husband and wife. Sakura found that a little awkward, but rapidly forgot when Sasuke pulled her out to dance. Tsunade helped herself to the sake and Shizune figured she'd let Tsunade drink without bothering her this time. Somewhere in the midst of dancing, Sasuke twirled Sakura and pulled her back into his arms.
"And since when have you been able to dance?"
Sasuke grinned. "I've always been able to. Just never wanted to." He scrunched up his face. "I don't like dancing." Sakura smiled. "Well I'm impressed. Never would have guessed it." Sasuke laughed, a rarity. "Are you now?"
She beamed at him. The slow song ended and a quicker song started up. "Yeah, and now that I've seen you can slow dance, how about we go a bit quicker?"
"You're on." They were interrupted by Kakashi and Iruka. "Hey! I didn't get to congratulate you two earlier!" Sakura and Sasuke stopped dancing.
Sakura smiled. "Kaka-sensei! Thanks a lot. How've you been?"
"Great, Sakura, but that's not the point. I hope this works out for you guys. And hey, Sasuke, you want Jiraiya's new book? It's really great! I think you're old enough."
Sasuke gagged. "No, Kakashi. I'm fine. Thanks anyway."
Kakashi smiled. "If you change your mind–"
Kurenai called Kakashi's name from a distance and he waved. "Gotta run, see you guys later!" He winked and ran off. Sasuke sighed.
"Iruka-sensei, how are you?"
"I'm fantastic, Sakura. This reception looks great. Good job! I'm really proud of all of you guys." Sakura smiled. "Thanks a ton. We couldn't have done it without you though."
Iruka returned the smile. "Well, I hope everything works out for the best."
Sasuke and Iruka shook hands, and Iruka wandered off to talk to some friends. Sasuke turned back to Sakura. "You ready," she asked.
"Well for starters, Naruto's wedding's in a week, and I think Neji is going to propose to Tenten soon."
And the never ending chaos reigns.
A/N: So exactly how corny was that ending? I need some reassuring reviews here. I hope the wait was worth it for this story! The writers block was killing me, but I've just had a burst of creativity and here is the completed work. I realized when reading over my old chapters and this one, that my writing style has changed so much from when I first started this story. Right, and thanks to everyone who stuck with me (especially since the beginning)! It's been a blast. I should have more stuff out later, but I don't know how long that'll take.
Hmm…Anyway, review or…I dunno…I'll send Pain after you. If you don't know who that is, then you need to get caught up in the Naruto chapters. He's pretty messed up.